All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the latest carrier to introduce Virtual Reality (VR) as a training tool across the entire business.
In addition to cabin crew training, VR will also assist mechanics to identify and predict future risks, as well as to improve safety in all aspects of aircraft operation.
“Safety has always been a top priority for ANA and incorporating the latest VR technology into our training procedures is the next step in creating a safer environment for our employees,” said executive vice president of ANA Tatsuhiko Mitsukura.
“Time and time again, we have embraced advanced technology to train our employees because we believe that it is important to remain at the cutting edge when it comes to safety.”
ANA first began to use this advanced training system in 2018, and all 800 new flight attendants received VR training in the programme’s three distinct scenarios: internal cabin fire, sudden depressurisation and in-flight equipment check.
ANA’s new VR safety training system will use 3D simulations of work environments to create real-world scenarios based on common work-related accidents.
In the latest announcement, ANA staff participating in the VR training programme will actively participate in a series of narrated simulations, following instructions while performing a range of basic safety actions.
If any mistakes are made, trainees will experience sensory cues and will be prompted to review their actions so that they are able to understand the precise nature of their mistakes. This process of immersive learning will better prepare staff to react in real-life scenarios.
The VR safety training system is part of ANA’s fundamental commitment to providing safe, quality and comfortable air travel.
The airline said innovation is a fundamental part of its outlook and will continue to implement the latest technological advancements to improve every aspect of the air travel experience.